To Moodle, is a category any different from a repository, or are they both really just folders (directories) that are supposed to mean different things to their users according to where they are?
- Surely that's the basis of a filing system. You don't stop calling a cardboard folder a cardboard folder, just because it's holding papers that do not relate to the paper contents of another cardboard folder? A folder is a folder.
This useful video:
...uses the expressions 'repository sources' and 'repository instances' (moodological terms).
...Surely a repository source is just a folder in the repositories folder (which lives inside the moodledata folder), and a repository instance is just a file inside a folder which is inside the repositories folder?
Why do we need to confuse matters by inventing unnecessary terms like 'repository instance'? It's not a repository instance, it's a file!
...or have I misunderstood something?
I took the term Repository Instance to be things like Flickr, Box.net, Dropbox. And I think this is an official moodological term.
ie completely different place to go to pick files.
You may find Repository source is a slip of the tongue. But I am not sure. In some respects Francois, you have a point: in the specific case of File System repositories, "Folder" may be adequate and true as a description.
You will notice I have couched my post in vaguaries and equivocations. I am not actually sure I have got this right.
Thanks Derek. Have just read:
...again, and note in section 4 there, that a 'repository instance' may be just another folder (not a file), (or a source of files as you say).